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on the economic and jobs front for the state of ohio. the issue, i think, for obama is that people are thinking about a lot more than just the economy and the automotive side specifically and, of course, the governor of ohio, john kasich, is tying to contribute anything that is positive to his administration as opposed to that of barack obama. >> that we have seen. jim, thank you so much. >> thank you. >>> an update now on sandy. the u.s. navy is helping with the cleanup of the jersey shore while more than 3 million people are still without power. anger is building at the gas pumps in new jersey. line res long. stations are running out of gas. in staten islands, residents are begging for help saying they have been forgotten. a special relief fund is being set up just for residents of the island. and transportation secretary ray la hood is heading to new jersey to talk to officials there about getting the transportation system back up and running. >>> time for the your business entrepreneur of the week. jess carney worked boston area renaissance fairs, haunted houses and nightclubs. he hopped se
in the national poll. in the battleground state polls though president obama stayed within the margin of error, he is at the high end of it. some congress certain in romney campaign that ohio will be a big struggle. they have to make the ground game work. and the last 72-hour push. to that end, a pew research poll, very, have interesting that says nationally the obama campaign touched 14% of the electorate -- excuse me. 11% of the electorate with either door knocks or phone calls. mr. romney has gotten to 10%. very, very close. battleground, numbers are reversed. romney reached 14% of the likely voters in battleground states casting a ballot on tuesday. obama only got to 13%. they're even in the polls. aapparently they're even even in get out the vote effort. they're down to wire. no indication it will change in five days. >> dana: carl, thank you. we'll go to ed henry, with president obama in las vegas. ed, we have a new nickname for you coined by greg gutfeld. we thought you desevened one. election ed. take it away. >> reporter: i like it. that's great. just like campaign carl. bottom line, they
to be the best state, here is why, the numbers, iowa, the small state, sticking with obama, he is up by six in the latest poll, wisconsin, paul ryan's home state, as part of the obama firewall, romney would like to get it, still trails by three points look at new hampshire, while the president leads by two, new hampshire looks like the state that will go romney, romney's economic numbers are better than the president, and the president's job approval rating is less than better there. but i'll show you the crucial state ends up sitting here as ohio, if you look at these numbers here. in the road to 270, the missing ingredient is ohio, brian. >> all right, as we'll be discussing, something tells me, tuesday night, chuck todd at the board, as we continue along the way. why visitors to new york won't be able to visit one of the great icons, for quite a while. as our own richard engel found out earlier today. >>> back with more on this storm, nbc's richard engel got up above the city of new york in a police chopper today to see the damage and the challenge that now lies ahead. here now, some of
pollutants. 3 with just a few days tt go before election day, the pandidates are doing the swing state shuffle.as mary ellen hopkins explains... president obama and republican candidate non-stop appearances in eight states that arr still up for gg. grabs. president obbma made his case toovoters in las vegas. he echoed the slogan from his &pfirst campaign about bringiig change to merica.right now, we ould be putting more folks back to work right now fixing more rrads bridges, expanding broadband to rural letts ppt american's back to to be done.mitt rrmney hit need- back on the president's "change" theme during a pampaign stop in roanoke, virginia.there's no question in my view that we really can't have four more years like the last four years. the obama folks are chantinn four m but our chanttis this five more days, fiie more days is purrchant...(applause).romney delivers what hisscamppign says is his "closing argument" poddy during a ssop in pisconsin. then he's off to ohio for two rallies.obama will also be in ohio -- here events before heading back o -3 the white house. the pate
. obama campaign officials argue polls of early voters in battleground states suggest their bank of obama votes means that romney will have to win on election day well more than half the votes in key states to win. but the president is not relying solely on early voting or even on this new rekindled bipartisan pitch. in this state alone, diane, president obama and his allies have run 16,000 more ads than romney and his allies. and if that's not enough for you, on monday, president obama will be back here in ohio with bruce springsteen. diane? >> okay, thank you jake. >>> and also tonight, the latest in our brand new daily abc news/"washington post" polls. tonight, the poll gives mitt romney a one-point edge. so, we asked abc's david muir to tell us his strategy for the final stretch. >> reporter: mitt romney bolting through the battlegrounds. today, on the plane, it was the candidate taking pictures. romney capturing images of his staff sneaking a nap as romney races to the finish. in just the last 24 hours, virginia -- >> virginia, we're going to win on november 6th, i'll tell you that.
barnstorming the buckeye state. president obama's land mitt romney on an issue that has in this critical battleground. i knew betting on american the right thing to do. on american ingenuity and know-how was the right thing to do. off.s paid off withomney started what his bill campaign -- billed as a closing argument. >> this is about the future we are going to leave to our children. we thank you and we ask you to until the finish line. the fine a job report before election day is out, and it not earth shattering. the u.s. economy created 171,0 the last month, but creeped up toate 7.9%. say that this is not the race inake up way. what has happened in the last is already bic into perception. >> mitt romney is in ohio, the president the northeastern corner. latest tracking poll showed that the race is tight, but a slew of data ground state polls edge to the president. >> mitt romney has about 48 adjust that. >> ohioan not be able to escape the political spotlight. president obama will be here day until the election day. >> of course, abc 7 is your for the most up-to-date information. with
this means, next two or three weeks after the attacks, the obama administration and state department and inteleto a certain degree blamed a movie knowing very well it was a coordinated attack on the consulate andanex and this information proves it was a massive cover up. >> steve: you know, gretch, alluded to this leading into peter. it is a drip, drip, drip of new information coming out and it would be a bigger story if the media pecked tup. but hurricane sandy came along. >> gretchen: they were not covering it more. >> steve: they had stuff in the washington post and daily beast and mr. lakey is after it, but we may never know what really happened. and the other big story hurricane sandy turning more deadly . death toll at 90 can that number could climb. four and half million people are still without electricity. most of them in new york and in new jersey. one of the hardest places hit was staten island, new york. flood waters fill would homes and strong winds ripped the homes off of foundation and there are bodies in the water and have you seen fema out there? anais live this morn
is on in earnest. president obama and a governor romney barnstorming the state of ohio today, a swing state, with 18 electoral votes that could be the key to victory tuesday. four days before we choose who will lead the nation for the next four years, president obama making an outrageous claims about his record in the face of a rise in the unemployment rate today, which had just under 8%, is higher than when the president took office. >> our ideas were tried and tested, and they worked. their ideas were also tried, and they did no work done so well. lou: 23 million americans to remain out of work might disagree. the national debt has risen by more than $5 trillion. the nation's economy, it is all but stagnant. this has governor romney running l as the candidate of change. >> accomplishing change is not just something i talked about. it is something actually done, and we need to have someone in the white house who cannot just talk about it, but do it. lou: the most recent poll of ohio mirrors those tight national polls. rasmussen reports showing governor romney tied with president obama at 4
49 to 46%. but governor romney is leading in colorado which is another state president obama visited today. the lead there is just one point, 47% to 46%. that's according to reuters ipso. back with us our three political junkies extraordinaire. pollster david herman, joe garifoli. from all of the polls, there were 29 polls that came out. you are the pollster. this momentum, is it baked in? >> the advantage obama has is baked in inn a lot of the states. i would be shocked to see romney take ohio. and if he can't take ohio, it is really hard to see what his path is. >> jennifer: virginia? >> i think obama takes virginia as well and i think he does it thanks to latino and asian voters. >> jennifer: interesting. he takes iowa. >> i think he takes iowa. >> and wisconsin. >> and wisconsin. >> and nevada. [ laughter ] >> those are all close. every one of those is close. but it is an advantage for him. >> jennifer: karen this is the report of the travel schedule of the candidates over these last five campa
clear politics" average of the most recent polling in the state of ohio shows president obama ahead in ohio by 2.3 points. these "real clear politics" averages are an imperfect measure. i want to give you a very rough idea of how basically how close it is right now. that's what it is in ohio. in virginia, that same polling average has mitt romney ahead by 0.5 points, and in north carolina, the polling average has mr. romney ahead by 3.8 points. so that's the 7:00 hour. and then in the 8:00 hour, polls will be closing in these 18 states. of these states, again, there will be three that we're going to be watching most closely. florida, pennsylvania, and new hampshire. the "real clear politics" polling average right now in florida has romney ahead. in pennsylvania the polling average says it is president obama who's ahead by 4.6 points. in new hampshire, again, president obama ahead with a 1.3 lead. that's the 8:00 hour. at 9:00, we'll have polls closed in all those places, and the blinking states here will be the ones that are closing. 14 states mostly in the midwest and the south. of
obama was in the state capital columbus on friday. he's hoping the latest labor market numbers will give him a boost. employment rose slightly. >> the company has hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> said the president thinks things are improving, but his challenger mitt romney says the economy is stagnating. at a rally in wisconsin, he also accused obama of failing to fulfill his promises. >> candidate obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. i promise change, but i have a record of achieving it. >> not everyone sees that as the main issue. new york's conservative mayor michael bloomberg has endorsed obama because of his efforts to halt climate change. bloomberg once like to get back to normal and has allowed the new york marathon to go ahead on sunday. >> there's an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. we have to have an economy. lots of people have come here. it is a great event for new york, and i think for those who were lost, you have got to believe they want us to have an economy and have a city go on for thos
last evening. obama at a rally at the university of colorado, talking and that important swing state. a bit of that now. [video clip] >> we know what change looks like. [applause] we know what is going to help the middle class. [applause] we know what is going to grow jobs, reduce the deficit. and let me tell you, what governor romney is offering eight it. it is not it. giving more power back to the biggest banks is not changed. leaving millions without health insurance, that is not changed. . a another $5 trillion tax cut that favors the wealthy, that is not change. [applause] refusing to answer questions about the details of your policies -- not change. rolling out a compromise by pledging the tea party's agenda, that is not changed. that is the attitude in washington that we have got to change. host: as the campaign moves on, recovery continues from hurricane sandy sweeping through the mid-atlantic and the northeast. here is a headline from the "the wall street journal" -- million stuck in dark and cold. i want to point to the headline on the front page of the "daily news" -- gas
game was my name. >> reporter: president obama also visits seven states between now and election day with a focus on ohio. his must-win state. he'll be there every day between now and the election making his closing argument high lighting higher home prices and overseas. >> al qaeda has been decimated. osama bin laden is dead. so we've made real progress these past four years. >> reporter: how will it shake out on tuesday? >> i think romney has a 50/50 chance to win the popular vote. >> reporter: a possible split verdict from a nation already deeply divided. anxious to end this very long campaign. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >> thank you. scott mcgrew has the latest on the numbers. >> the obama administration will seek to the gains and the romney will look at the unemployment. 171,000 added in the month of october. higher than expected. the other is the household survey. called that because it is arr e arrived at a set of phone calls stating, "are you working?" that is up from 7.8% in september. where the romney campaign will have traction is not that change month to month.
in springfield, ohio. president obama making three stops in the state and telling crowds the state has made progress from four years ago and that republicans would reverse the trend. >> if it's a choice between going back between the top-down policies that got us into the mess or the middle-up, bottom- up strategies that have gotten us out of this mess and they keeping us going. >> reporter: to west alice, wisconsin, now. governor mitt romney telling his supporters the job market may remain stagnant no matter who is elected. >> this is about america. it's about the future that we're going leave to the children. we thank you, and we ask to you stay out of all of the way to the finish line. we're going win on tuesday night. >> reporter: stay in wisconsin now, vice president joe biden raleying democrats, taking mitt romney to task. his proms is to challenge china on foreign trade. >> i'll tell you what, romney getting tough on china got one word for it: malarkey. [ laughter ] absolute malarkey. >> reporter: finally, we know nevada. that is where republican congressman paul ryan told supporters
states. but they say it's president obama who has the edge on the electoral map. and just today, governor romney stepped into the republican zone to claim the economy is is at a, quote, virtual standstill. this is despite 32 straight months of private sector job growth. these people are living in an alternate universe. but they may wake up to reality. the morning after election day. joining me now is e.j. dionne, columnist for "the washington post" and an msnbc contributor and ana marie cox, washington correspondent for "the guardian." thank you both for being here. >> good to be here. >> e.j., is there any method behind the madness? >> well, first of all, i want to say that i can both a nuclear physicist and a major legal baseball player. if you can make it up while you go along, why not. look, on elections it's an old game to say my guy is winning whether my guy is winning or not. they've launched a huge campaign to discredit nate silver of the "new york times" even though he's one of the best number crunchers and, in fact, used to be a baseball number cruncher. some of it is normal but
crossing of swing states for those who could decide the election. obama's is sitting three swing states today bad and colorado. tomorrow the obamacare paid focuses on ohio with three separate events saturday dead boy back to wisconsin, iowa and virginia. new hampshire, colorado and ohio the president will stop in wisconsin, iowa and ohio. governor romney was in virginia and then both campaigns are in ohio. both campaigns in iowa on saturday at the same time romney also going to colorado and new hampshire. that is how desperate both are for the undecided vote. just one and then on the sunday schedule for mitt romney. finishing where it began at. w hampshire. the daily tracking poll has governor romney maintaining the 2.lead within a margin of error. also the new abc poll with a one point* lead there in with -- within one-tenth of one percentage point*. at the same time obama was up five points and ultimately won by 6%. 2004 rasmussen project did a victory for president bush and one by the same margin. another poll shows them both died at 36% that same poll shows governor romney 14 pointe
. >> narrator: barack obama began his life on an island. >> our sun-filled, fun-filled, 50th state. >> narrator: his birth certificate reveals his history: born in hawaii, the son of an african man and a white 18-year- old from kansas. >> stanley ann dunham was really a thoroughly unconventional mother in almost every way. she fell in love with and conceived a child with an african man at a time when nearly two dozen states had laws against interracial marriage. >> narrator: he would not see his son for ten years. >> barry obama had a pretty unsettling childhood. i mean, he didn't know his father. his mother was very loving and protective, but she was also finding herself. basically, he and she grew up gether. >> she then became involved with an indonesian and married him and had a child with him. so she had two biracial children from different cultures who she raised largely by herself. >> narrator: they lived in jakarta. he was now called barry soetoro. his stepfather lolo was troubled. >> he's drinking quite a lot. there's evidence of at least one act of domestic violence against her. >> nar
or the timing. they are saying that if nor'easter is possible. matt romney and president obama are in seven-states mitt romney. >> obama:customer mitt romney has been using all of his talents as a settlemenstill cement-government wrongly is trying to dress of these same policies that we have been dressing up. that failed us and the last four years. >> there's no question the we cannot have for years like we have had for the last four years. i know that they are chanting for more years but we are chanting only five more days. >>pam: president barack obama got a surprising endorsement from new york city mayor and independent blumberg. he made that announcement using this extreme weather to highlight the presidency mayor michael bloomberg developed a strong record of the economic policies with environmental impacts in his first term. panel mitt romney was heckled about climate change in that is exactly what caused this monster storm. and as they eventually pulled down his son and that said " and th-- end the climate silence'.. was his --sign... proposition 30 was in the bay area for the last minute c
are not true. >> president obama also visits the seven states between now and election day with a focus on ohio, is must-win state. he will be there every day between now and the election. >> al qaeda as been decimated, osama bin laden is dead. we have made real progress these past four years. >> how will it shakeout on tuesday? >> romney has a 50-50 chance to win the popular vote. it is harder to see him winning the electorial vote. >> a possible split verdict from a nation deeply divided, and anxious to end this very long campaign. >> baltimore city police are investigating a shooting involving a licensed security guard. officers found a man suffering a gunshot wounds at the 500 block of west franklin st. phone 8 econo 25 last night. a preliminary investigation reveals that the victim had been trying to dig into a car when a security guard approached him. a physical confrontation ensued and it ended with the victim being shot with the security guard was not injured. a funeral arrangements are underway now for a u.s. navy seal killed in baltimore. alonso gladden was home on his first day of le
. >> reporter: president obama also visits seven states between now and election day with a focus on ohio, his must-win state. he'll be there every day between now and the election, making his closing arguments, highlighting higher home prices and victory overseas. >> al qaeda has been decimated. osama bin laden is dead. so we've made real progress these past four years. >> reporter: the president picked up an endorsement from new york mayor michael blo bloomberg. earlier this week, bloomberg said they were too busy cleaning up from the storm for a presidential visit, but he applauds the president's record on climate change. so how will it shake out on tuesday? >> i think romney has a 50/50 chance to win the popular vote. i think it's harder to see him winning the electoral vote. >> reporter: a possible split verdict from a nation already deeply divided. an anxious end to what's been a very long campaign. lynn. >> all right, tracie. thanks. a quick program note for you. sunday on "meet the press," david gregory getting the final word of the 2012 dam pain from obama strategist david plouffe and
. >> president obama this morning ohio with several camping event scheduled across the state. challenger mitt on keyis also focusing states, first in ohio.sin and then then >> this is an election of great consequence. i think you understand that. clerk thursday new york city mayor michael bloomberg endorsed president obama. t will have an i impact is not clear. many people aboard cast their ballots thanks to early voting. this race could come down to every last vote. new numbers show this race is as ever among likely voters. new polls in three battleground states have the president on top. >> i know what change looks like because i fought for it. you have too. after all we've been through together, we cannot give up now. >> we will win on november 6. maryland code the governor decided executive order to help tampering by hurricane apply for absentee ballots. they may be e-mail to register voters who request them before 5:00 p.m. monday. those voters must attest they residentf the county because of sandy. s must be mailed election day and must be received by the local elections will later than
for the swing state, polls showing president obama with a razor-thing thin lead. but good news for governor romney. joining me is our panel. first, rick, the good news for the governor is with independents? >> independents. you look throughout the polls, dismacial state-level poll, governor romney is winning independent, sometimes by a lot. this is interesting for a couple of reasons, president obama won independents w ago. john kerry won among independents 8 years ago in the battleground states. so this is a big reversal. can the president lose independents that badly and still win? there is a good chance that the independents look different. a lot of them are probably republicans, calling themselves independents because they are disaffected with the party and they are tea partyers. but it is a major shift to see independents, people who call themselves independents not going for president obama. you ask the romney folks and they say, this is a sign of weakness. this says our guy is very much in the mix, despite the battlegrounds. >> greta: steve, which team would you rather be on? >> righ
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, the final days of the presidential campaign. just four days to go now before the big vote. president obama was back on the trail yesterday making appearances in three battleground states. he wrapped up his day with a rally in boulder, colorado. the president took some pointed jabs at mitt romney saying his economic plan is just a rehash the policies that led to the country's economic crisis and mr. obama heads to the all important state of ohio later tod today. and for his part, mitt romney was in virginia at several campaign stops. he criticized the president for not doing enough to help businesses. also romney said the nation needs a president who understands business better. romney's aides are conceding that the storm's slowed some of his momentum but insist their internal polls show him ahead in some of those toss-up states. romney visits wisconsin and also ohio today. >>> and from the lighter side of politics, vice president biden went on david letterman's show last night to read his top ten list. >> ah,
's campaign is running out of steam. meantime, president obama also hitting seven states between now and election day with the focus on ohio. he will be in ohio every day until voters head to the polls. the president making his closing argument and focusing on that must-win state. and he is also picking up a key endorsement from new york mayor michael bloomberg. earlier in the week the mayor said they were too busy with storm cleanup to accommodate a presidential visit, but he did write in "bloomberg news" that he's endorsing the president because of his policies on climate change. lynn. >>> all right. >>> well, some more political news for you. missouri senate candidate todd akin gained national attention for those legitimate rape comments. well, now he's out with a new campaign ad featuring two women talking about, of all things, rape and abortion. take a look. >> my name is kelly burrill and i'm a full-time student, i'm a single mother. i'm a woman who's had an abortion. i've been raped in my past. the reason that i'm voting for todd and that i'm so proud of him is because he defe
polls, making news in battleground state, expanding the map into obama territory and he had to pull himself from the campaign trail and he is trying to find that argument. the momentum is gone, sapped. now, look, we have a jobs number tomorrow, the continuing questions in other quars and other ways to get back in this thing. but he lost 3 prime days, you were going to be working it and and hitting it at every stop. >> stand by, panel. extremely sensitive documents unorfed in the rubble of benghazi three weeksar after the benghazi three weeksar after the attack. if we want to improve our schools... ... what should we invest in? maybe new buildings? what about updated equipment? they can help, but recent research shows... ... nothing transforms schools like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. de and ♪ ♪ you can help others along the way. ♪ ♪ a portion of every bottle that they sell goes to fight ♪ ♪ breast cancer and i think that's swell. ♪ ♪ the more
. the president's campaign is running out of steam. meantime, president obama also hitting sechbl states between now and election day with the closeness on ohio. he will be in ohio every day until voters head to the polls. the president making his closing argument and focusing on that must-win state. he is also picking up a key endorsement from new york mayor michael bloomberg. earlier in the week he said they were too busy to have a presidential visit. >>> tracie pots for us in washington. thank you. >>> more political news for you. missouri senate candidate todd akin gained national attention for the legitimate rape comments. now he's got an ad with two women talking about of all things rape. >> my name is kelly, i'm a full-time student, a mother. i'm a woman who had an abortion. i've been raped in my past. >> the reason that i'm voting for todd and i'm so proud of him is that he defensds the unborn. >> paul ryan has been busy on the stump trying to shore up swing state voters while saying just how tough he and romney really are. >> we can't keep doing this. look, mitt romney and i can handle
campaign appearances in the state of virginia today. president obama jumped all over the place from wisconsin to nevada, to colorado. both candidates are making their closing arguments. interesting. a closing argument. what is mitt romney's closing argument? his latest incarnation is that he's the guy who reaches across the aisle? >> we have to stop the dividing and the attacking and the demonizing. we've got to reach across the aisle, bring in good democrats with good republicans and finally do the people's business and put the politics behind. >> we just need to stop demonizing, don't we? well, old mittster, show leadership and pick up the phone and call mitch mcconnell. it's interesting for mitt romney to present himself as a guy who works across the aisle while president obama is being label by the tea partyers and everybody else in the right wing as nothing but the divider in chief. romney might want to pick up the phone, you know, give this guy a call, keynote speaker of the republican convention. governor christie spent the last four days praising the president of the united
votes without winning ohio. so president obama trying to hold onto this state, in part making the case today about the auto bailout. that is an issue that really resonates with voters, but the president really taking romney to task over his recent claim that jeep is shipping jobs overseas to china. it's a claim the romney campaign is standing by but one that's been smacked down by car executives as well as a number of newspapers here in the buckeye state. so it's a close race. president obama making his closing argument today, martin. >> kristin welker there in ohio. thanks so much. stay with us. our "top lines," the week in review, is coming up. [ female announcer ] born from the naturally sweet monk fruit, something this delicious could only come from nature. now from the maker of splenda sweeteners, discover nectresse. the only 100% natural, no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. the rich, sweet taste of sugar. nothing artificial. ♪ it's all that sweet ever needs to be. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. >>> a monster storm and a monster presidential race collide.
for the obama campaign to hit back hard. in the state of florida it actually gets worse. romney desperately needs to win the state of florida and he is running a spanish language ad meant to stoke the fears of cuban-americans. the ad tries to connect president obama to venezuelan president hugo chavez and fidel castro. "the miami herald" reports the romney campaign would not furnish the ad despite repeated requests. in other words, the ad is so outrageous, the romney campaign tried to slip it under the radar. obviously the strategy is backfiring. let's turn to annette taddeo, member of the miami-dade democratic party. annette, great to have you with us tonight. i keep saying the bread basket to victory for president obama is going to be south florida. turnout is to important. but now this spanish language ad that's out, what is this doing to stroke the fears and the emotions of people down in that portion of the state? >> well, it just -- i think mitt romney is finally just getting absolutely desperate. it is him learning a little bit of -- him realizing he cannot win, just like you said, w
registered but didn't vote. we estimate that 340,000 of those were in ohio, alone. this is a state that obama carried with only 262,000 vote margins. so if they show up, it's going to be a big factor that wasn't there four years ago. >> why is no one else covering this, ralph? you've got hard numbers. first of all, first of all, you're talking about wisconsin and iowa as well as ohio, as well as pennsylvania. i mean, romney, that's landslide territory. what i want to ask you is this. why doesn't the press understand the story that you're telling, and to some extent, the work you've done? dan henneger did that absolutely. why don't they get that, ralph? why don't they talk about that? >> there has been a fair amount of coverage. front page story in "the new york times." there's been broadcast coverage. fox news has tone done it. there's been coverage of it. the main reason why, larry, is just this t-- it's not a new problem. it's a systemic problem that a lot of these voters are located in what the dominant media would call flyover country. 47% of this vote is in the south. 27% of this vote is
other states. >> i think we ought to keep on the track that we're on. >> i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >> woodruff: but the romney campaign also began airing a spanish-language ad in florida tying obama to latin american dictators hugo chavez and fidel castro. >> we are amera's men. >> woodruff: and american future fund, a super pac supporting romney is running ads targeting women in michigan and pennsylvania, states considered safely democratic. as you can see on the "newshour's" vote 2012 map center" there are seven states currently considered by the associated press to be true toss ups: nevada, colorado, iowa, ohio, virginia, florida and new hampshire. it shows each candidate's quickest potential path to 270 electoral votes. including one scenario giving president obama a path to victy, nnng nevada a ohio, to get to 277 electoral votes. for mitt romney the path could also lead through ohio, and blanketing the south, to get to 281 in a different scenario. and there are also several potentials for a tie. this one shows the president losing nevada but winning ohio, to get
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